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[QUOTE=sniggity;4786359]Hello, I have been having a film over my eye(s) the past three weeks. I am 35, healthy, no diabetes or anything else and my eyes are -1.50 each eye.

Well, one day I woke up and had my right eye a little cloudy and usually that is nothing unusual for me in the mornings. The thing is, it didn't go away and stuck around all day. That didn't worry me too much, so I used some Visine A and carried on. The next two or three days it still stuck around and then I started to worry a bit. It's like a thin film over my eye and if I rinse my eye under the faucet it will clear up for a few minutes, but after ten minutes or so, it goes right back to being blurry again. There is no pain, no itching and no feeling of something in my eyes. Just the blurred vision.

Last week, it started attacking my left eye and I would rinse, use eye drops, use Bausch and Lomb Sterile solution and that seemed to help for about a half hour, guessed it, cloudy again. Then it started out one morning (on a really bad) foggy, like when your glasses fog up when you walk in from outside on a hot day. That lasted about a half hour and i finally got that to go away and back to being just blurry.

I'm at my wit's end here. I've been to two eye doctors and my family doctor and I got Restasis from having chronic dry eye from my Opthamologist but it just burns the hell out of my eyes. I mean, for like 4 hours straight, it just burns. So, no thank you for that.

I can't be the only person who has ever had this "film" over the eye problem ! Also there has to be another form of eye drop to give me other than Restasis, but when I called back the secretary was really rude and told me to keep using it because it works. I actually got mad at her because she just wouldn't hear what I was saying and just told me to keep using it, the doctor wasn't in and I couldn't leave a message. I will call again on Monday though.

Thanks for letting me get this out. any ideas?[/QUOTE]

Hi sniggity,
What you were descibing is what I call the "windshield effect". We see out of our eyes the same way we see out of the windshield of a car. You know, when it first drizzles before turning on the wipers, the windshield is not looking so good with blotches here and there, the view is not nice and crisp (the same we experience when our tear film evaporates). But once you have your wipers on (providing there is enough water), the windshield has a uniformly thin film of water on it making the view nice and clear. Same idea as you were using the sterile solution, but the view is crappy again once the film evaporates, right? The difference is our eyes need that nice clear healthy tear film on at all time.

Besides the medicated eyedrops, were you advised of more "holistic" approach? You are right, no matter how good a medication is, if the patient is suffering from its ill effects, then the compliance becomes zero, so then what good is that treatment? If you google dry eyes, you will come up with a lot of sites with plenty of suggestions for treatment and management. This is what I usually recommend:

1) Lidscrubs. You don't need to have blepharitis to do this. But the frequency will be a lot less depending on the patient, but it's just for the mechanical massage and good proper hygiene (won't hurt, except on the pocket a little)

2) warm compresses 2-3x a day. Some people like to use warm wash cloth, some use rice bags, some use reuseable mini snap heating pads (use with caution). If you are a tea drinker (using tea bags), use the bag after and just keep them on your eyes until they cool (killing 2 birds with 1 stone)

3) Artificial tears. Get the kind with a thicker viscosity. I don't think I am allowed to list out the brands. The doctors usually have free samples for you to try, or at least some coupons so you can try it at a reduced price.
(You won't feel ripped off if it doesn't work out)

4) Avoid any drops that "take the red away". It will likely make your dry eyes worse.

5) Avoid direct fan/AC blowing at your face. Keep the vent in the car facing downward, or better yet, if not too hot, keep it for lower feet vent.

6) Take flaxseed oil, omega 3 oil supplements. or eat more fish :)

7) Drink lots of water (yes, plain H20)

8) Depending on which type of dry eye you have, punctal plugs can help reserve the tears in your eyes. There are temporary and "permanent" solutions. The temporary collagen kind will dissolve with time, it gives you an idea of whether this type of treatment works for you or not, if it does, go for the "permanent" kind which unfortunately is costly.

Restasis has been found to be very effective (albeit costly) against dry eyes. But it is unfortunate that you are having a tough time with it. I think there are other alternative solutions than simply relying on one thing alone to fight the battle. At the end of the day, I think we all just want to get back the right healthy tear film and I can't imagine depending on the eyedrops forever. I hope you get to talk to your doctor about your issue and try to come up with a solution(s) that work best for you.


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